The Moody case, in which a judge removed children from their mother in temporary orders stating that the father was “more stable,” continues to move forward at a snail’s pace. I mentioned recently that the jury trial was postponed by the judge based on what appears to be intentional efforts by the opposing counsel, in spite of the fact that the date has long been set, the children need closure, and Heather’s legal counsel are ready for trial.
So while the judge reset the trial date for late November, he has strongly urged the two sides to find a mediated solution. So for the second time, an attempt to mediate will be employed in spite of the fact that Heather’s soon-to-be ex-husband did not appear to have any interest at all in reaching an agreement the first time around. This attitude seems to be in keeping with his early statements that his parents “own the courthouse.”
He also just resigned from his job as an airline pilot, giving rise to questions about his employment and how he plans to earn a living. Apparently he will be working for his parents on their ranch, which gives more credence to the argument that his parents are driving this attempt to get the children, since they are also paying his legal fees.
This is astonishing in light of the judge’s ruling to give him the children in temporary orders based on his “stability.” Some think this may be a tactic on his part to avoid having to defend the fact that his job required him to travel two to three weeks each month should the issue go to a jury as scheduled. I also find it very interesting that Judge Youngblood postponed the trial date until after the general election in which he stands for reelection and is opposed by the local attorney representing Heather Moody.
In fact, THSC PAC has endorsed Hollis C. Lewis, Jr., in the campaign for judge of the 20th District Court. While we rarely endorse Democrats, I have been appalled at the lack of judicial demeanor of Judge John Youngblood in this case. His reference to home school observers in the court as a “mob” while treating supporters of Mr. Moody with respect seems to imply partiality. The fact that his former law partner represented the paternal grandparents and his ruling denying their request to become party to the suit but ruling that when their son traveled they should have the children instead of their mother seemed to be a way to comply with the law but still give the grandparents what they wanted.
While those supporting Mr. Moody deny that homeschooling is at issue in this case, even reporters who sat in on the three days of testimony during the hearing for temporary orders said all the attacks against homeschooling give the impression that this was the reason Mr. Moody and his parents proposed for removing the children from their mother.
Mr. Hollis Lewis is a pro-life conservative Democrat who has family members that homeschool and who has a clear understanding of the fundamental right of parents. As a former district attorney in Milam County for ten years, he knows and understands the law, and he has been a great help in representing Heather Moody. I hope our friends in Milam County and the surrounding areas will contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and offer help and support in his election efforts. Justice demands that judges be impartial, and Judge Youngblood has not met that standard, in my opinion.
Please watch the embedded video about the Heather Moody case and join us in praying for her and help in any way you can.